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Asus TUF Gaming FX505DY | Review

80%
Great for the budget

Asus TUF Gaming FX505DY

The Asus TUF Gaming FX505DY is for those who prefer a more affordable, AMD Ryzen-powered version of the well-known FX505. The Asus FX505DY brings to the table moderate gaming capability and good value in the form of good design, Style, and upgradeability. To get the best out of this machine, connect a good set of speakers and upgrade to an SSD at the time of purchase.

  • Design 80%
  • Display 85%
  • Performance 80%
  • Battery Life 75%

Design

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It’s a design that has been consistently featured across the TUF Gaming line-up of laptops from ASUS, and that’s not an issue. It is great to see how these laptops look like gaming laptops but don’t over-exaggerate their design. So you can use this laptop at work, without looking out of place, and you can game on it without any hesitation.

Asus has opted for a stealthy black color on the lid here and that color scheme goes on all over the laptop, with splashes of red thrown in here and there, adding on to the overall appeal of this design.

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Once you open the lid, the display stares right at you, with a gorgeous bezel-less design all around. There’s the keyboard, with a red backlight, and a power button that’s placed on the top right of the base. This laptop has a lot of flex in the display. It’s probably because it’s made of plastic. Flexing the display makes the panel change colors and it’s a bit on the scary side so try not to do that.

Display

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The laptop packs a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS LCD panel with a standard 60Hz refresh rate. It’s not one of those 120 Hz panels that Asus has been offering, but you really won’t be needing it in this budget.

It gets sufficiently bright, and even though it’s not as bright as some other laptops out there, it comes with an anti-glare coating, so even if you’re gaming in a situation with lights behind you, you shouldn’t have a lot of issues with this panel.

Media consumption on this is a nice experience too, the display isn’t the best when it comes to separating shades of blacks, so if you find yourself watching a lot of horror movies or superhero movies with dark settings, you might have to squint at times to figure out just what is happening there.

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That said, it’s a gaming laptop and games look perfectly fine on this panel. There is no visible banding, which is a plus point.

Performance

The TUF Gaming FX505DY comes with the Ryzen 5 3550H GPU with an integrated Radeon Vega 8 GPU and a dedicated Radeon RX560 GPU as well. There’s also 8GB of RAM, and with specs like that, the laptop performs the way you had been expecting it to.

The laptop was tested with games like Far cry 5 and PUBG and it performed pretty well.

In Far Cry 5, with graphics set to Ultra, the laptop manages to stay above 30 FPS, getting an average FPS value of 32 and a maximum of 40. Switching graphics to Normal pushed the average to 47 FPS, while the maximum went up to 46 FPS. While both of those FPS values are playable for sure, but sticking to low settings is advisable, which will get you an average frame rate of 42 FPS, and a maximum of 51.

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FarCry 5 in Low settings
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FarCry 5 in Normal settings
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FarCry 5 in Ultra settings

PUBG on the laptop worked perfectly fine, though on low and medium settings. In low settings on 1080p, the game easily got over 60FPS at all times and switching to Medium on 720p, the game can still manage to get over 50FPS easily. Please install the Radeon software for the RX560X and set PUBG to High Performance otherwise you won’t have even a close experience to the one shown here.

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69 FPS Avg PUBG (LOW)
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54 FPS Avg PUBG (Medium)

Ports

The Laptop comes with a wide range of ports which is great at this price point. The laptop comes with a USB2.0 Type-A port, 2x USB 3.1 Type-A ports, an RJ45 ethernet port for the times when you need a more stable connection for multiplayer games or for LAN parties, 1x HDMI 2.0 port, and a 3.5mm combo jack so you can connect your gaming headset to it.

These ports should suffice you for your everyday gaming needs, and I don’t think you’ll run into a lack of ports on this laptop. The lack of a type C port shouldn’t disturb you much either.

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In terms of connectivity as well, the FX505DY has you covered. It comes with support for WiFi 802.11ac, which means it can connect to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi networks, and there’s Bluetooth 4.2 onboard here. Yeah, it’s not Bluetooth 5.0, but most gaming laptops in this price range don’t have that, so it’s not like the FX505DY falls behind in any way.

Keyboard

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There’s good travel, so typing on this keyboard is pretty great, and not tiring at all, and even though this is a chiclet keyboard, it’s pretty great to type on, or for playing games for greater amounts of time.

Asus has, thankfully, still kept the slightly curved keycap design on this keyboard, and that’s something people really appreciate especially in the middle of a gunfight and can’t really spend time looking at the keyboard trying to figure out where keys end and where to press. It’s also great for typing faster, which is something I really like doing, so that’s an added bonus.

Battery

The Asus TUF Gaming FX505DY comes with the same 3-cell 48Whr battery, and the battery life is pretty much the same as well. The laptop lasts around 5 hours with the “best battery life” setting selected, and that’s just fine. Gaming laptops don’t really last as long as ultrabooks do, and you shouldn’t be expecting them to, anyway.

Well, most gamers anyways connect to the charger while gaming so battery shouldn’t be an issue here.

Verdict

The Asus TUF Gaming FX505DY is for those who prefer a more affordable, AMD Ryzen-powered version of the well-known FX505. The Asus FX505DY brings to the table moderate gaming capability and good value in the form of good design, Style, and upgradeability. To get the best out of this machine, connect a good set of speakers and upgrade to an SSD at the time of purchase.

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